Header image: Henri Lloyd in St Katharine Docks before the race start

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Team Eric becomes ….

Henri Lloyd boat wrap

Today Clipper Ventures announced the identity of Team Eric’s boat sponsor. We already have, in no particular order Switzerland – Vicky GREAT Britain – Simon One DLL – Oliver Jamaica – Pete Qingdao – Gareth Old Pulteney- Patrick Derry-Londonderry – Sean Weeks of suspense led us up the garden path in our attempts to guess.…

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No Regrets

Race Map 13-14

Part of the crew allocation presentation, before we got told who our skipper and teammates are going to be, was a speech by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in which he addressed the topic of not going through your life with any regrets. He said that as Clipper 13-14 crew members, we would not regret taking part.…

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Team Eric!

Crew Allocation Slide

Well, crew allocation came and we filed into a hall in the Guildhall in Portsmouth, each wearing our red Clipper race jackets. I had collected mine earlier, after joining the back of the queue that stretched all the way across the square in front of the Guildhall. It’s a bit big but on the next…

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You Passed!


“You Passed”. Such simple words, but spoken by the skipper as he gave me my feedback at the end of the Level 1 training course I took in February, they meant so much to me. I managed not to give him a hug so tight he would have had trouble breathing. I managed not to…

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The Day I Really looked at the Advert!

The Challenge of a Lifetime

I pass through Broxbourne Railway Station twice every day. Since early January 2012, I had vaguely been seeing an advertisement but not really taking much notice of it. Yes, it had sails, and the question “Could this be you?” all over it but I was on my way to or from work and in a…

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